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Ford Offers Apple Siri® Eyes-Free to Millions of Vehicles Globally


Dec 3, 2015

In hard-boiled detective films, someone usually utters the line, "Ain't nothing free in this world, kid". But a new upgrade to Ford Sync could prove that tough talk wrong.

Sync and the MyFord Touch infotainment system have a mixed record with consumers. On the one hand, shoppers like the idea of pairing their smartphones with their cars, giving them access to music, apps, and other features. That's helped make the system hugely popular.


On the other hand, Sync and MyFord Touch have been riddled with flaws and haven't lived up to expectations. By many accounts, they're single-handedly responsible for Ford's tumble in quality ratings (though that trend may be reversing). They've even inspired lawsuits.

Today, however, some Ford owners may start to feel a little warm and fuzzy toward Sync. That's because Ford is rolling out a free upgrade that includes Apple's Siri Eyes-Free.

For those not familiar with the system, Siri Eyes-Free puts the power of Apple's digital assistant, Siri, on the dashboard. By pressing the voice-recognition button on their steering wheels, drivers can make phone calls and send text messages to folks in their address books, get weather info and driving directions, and of course, find and play music stored on their iPhone. You can see a brief demo of Siri Eyes-Free in action above.

That said, if you've never used Eyes-Free before, we recommend that you spend a little time toying with it before pulling out of your driveway. Like Sync itself, Siri Eye-Free isn't without its flaws.

The Ford Sync upgrade is available for download today at Welcome to Ford Owner | Official Ford Owner Site. It will work on more than 5 million Ford vehicles equipped with Sync from model years 2011 to 2016.
 

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Ford Offers Apple Siri® Eyes-Free to Millions of Vehicles Globally


Published on Dec 4, 2015

Ford Offers Apple Siri® Eyes-Free to Millions of Vehicles Globally Through SYNC® Software Update

Siri Eyes-Free allows drivers to activate Siri with a long press of the voice recognition button on the steering wheel, similar to how to activate Siri on an iPhone. Drivers can use just their voice to ask Siri for requests including:

• Making phone calls to contacts in their address book
• Looking up phone numbers for restaurants or other points of interest
• Setting a reminder or alarm
• Asking about the weather
• Select and play music
• Audibly send and receive text messages
• Getting directions through Apple Maps

The new software update is available for vehicles equipped with the second generation of SYNC, known as MyFord Touch in North America, ranging from model years 2011 to 2016.
 
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